Suggested Assessment Tools for Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

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Suggested Assessment Tools for  Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

Assessments are required to evidence the completed checklists for ACFI. The Assessment Pack prescribes some tools to be used in completing an ACFI. For questions that do not have a prescribed assessment tool the appraiser can use a validated evidence based tool of their choice. 

An Assessment provided as evidence for an ACFI checklist would be completed by a person who is appropriately qualified to undertake the assessment. It must be evidence based and identify the usual care needs and dependencies of the care recipient at the time of the appraisal. 

To be included as evidence in the Answer Appraisal Pack an assessment must be contemporaneous and must be consistent with the dependencies of the care recipient at the time of the ACFI appraisal.  The term contemporaneous refers to information completed no greater than six months prior to the appraisal submission date, and is consistent with the dependencies of the care recipient at the time of the ACFI.   Appraisers however, should be mindful that any observations or assessment material undertaken during the ‘settling in’ period that is, the first seven days of residential care (respite or permanent), must not be used as evidence to support a care recipient’s ACFI appraisal (unless the care recipient leaves care within seven days). 

Details from the ACFI assessments must be completed in the relevant ACFI assessment summary sections.

Suggested Assessment Tools for ACFI 12.3, 4a and 4b – Pain management.

The Australian Pain Society’s Pain in Residential Care Facilities: Management Strategies - The Pain Management Guide (PMG) Kit for Aged Care recommends: 

For residents who are able to communicate: the Australian Pain Society’s Pain in Residential Care Facilities: Management Strategies - The PMG Kit recommends the use of the Modified Residents Verbal Brief Pain Inventory (M-RVBPI) to assess pain.

Assessment for those with severe dementia or cognitive impairment is more problematic: The PMG Kit suggests the use of the Abbey Pain Scale or the Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale (PAINAD) to assess pain in these residents.

The PMG Kit for Aged Care is available at the Australian Pain Society website.

NATFRAME

​​​​​​The department does not prescribe or mandate any particular assessment for aged care providers to use however, the National Framework for Documenting Care in Residential Aged Care services (NATFRAME) was developed to assist aged care providers with a suite of tools which supports evidence - based process and professional care practice.

The assessment tools included in the NATFRAME are evidence based and have been validated by research. The assessment tools cover four specific domains: social, cultural and spiritual; physical; functional; and cognitive and mental.

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PDF  version: NATFRAME assessment tool.